Magic Trade Rumors: Orlando Must Pull the Trigger on Reported Dwight Howard Deal

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 22:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic reacts after being called for a technical foul against the Atlanta Hawks during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 22, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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With news of a potential four-team blockbuster that would send Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets and a package centering around Brook Lopez and potentially four first-round picks coming back to the Orlando Magic, this gives new general manager Rob Hennigan a lot to think about.

He shouldn't think too hard though as Hennigan should pull the trigger on this deal and ship Howard out of town.

Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski breaks down the potential four-team blockbuster like this: 

In the proposed deal, Howard, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark would be sent to Brooklyn, and the Magic would receive the Nets' Brook Lopez, Damion James, Sheldon Williams, Cleveland's Luke Walton and three future first-round picks, sources said. Cleveland would receive Orlando's Quentin Richardson, Brooklyn's Sundiata Gaines, Kris Humphries (on a one-year guaranteed deal), a first-round pick and $3 million from the Nets. Brooklyn also would send Brooks to a fourth team to get them an additional first-round pick to send to the Magic.

The first obvious thing you would say here is that the Magic are getting nothing in return for the six-time All-Star and that's absolutely true.

But while Andrew Bynum is the best trade chip available, there's no guarantee he remains in Orlando beyond this season and then the Magic are in the identical spot they were with Howard.

Lopez is functional enough as a big man and a guy the Magic could eventually win with.

There's no way that Hennigan gets equal value for Howard and with this deal the Magic accomplish two of their three goals going in—salary cap relief and acquiring a ton of draft picks.

In addition to potentially acquiring four first-round picks, Orlando clears the contracts of Howard and both Richardson's off the books, a savings of $43.5 million.

Also consider that the Magic are getting three contracts in James, Williams and Walton that won't be on the books for the 2013-14 season, so Hennigan will save the club about $50 million total with this deal.

By making this deal, the Magic would have only the contracts of Lopez, Glen Davis and rookie Andrew Nicholson as those with guaranteed contracts for the 2013-14 season and the rebuilding process can begin.

It's a tough pill to swallow but between the money saved and the potential of first round picks acquired, it's almost a deal that Hennigan has to make.